The National Green Tribunal has banned all illegal slaughterhouses in Uttar Pradesh and directed the state pollution control board and other local authorities to ensure regulation of meat shops.
The Tribunal on Tuesday said slaughterhouses that are operating without the necessary permission from local authorities — particularly the Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) — or without an environmental clearance from the State Level Environment Impact Assessment Authority (SEIAA) will not be allowed to operate.
“Uttar Pradesh, UPPCB, Nagar palikas, corporations and all other public authorities shall fully ensure that no illegal and unauthorised slaughterhouses are permitted to operate,” the Bench said.
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The NGT reiterated that slaughterhouses in Ghaziabad, Hapur and Meerut that operate in the open will only be allowed to function after it obtains the necessary consent from relevant authorities. The Tribunal also asked the Central Ground Water Authority to ensure that there is no illegal extraction of water by the slaughterhouses in these three districts.
Also, the UPPC has been asked to form a committee that will issue certificates to small shops on a quarterly basis. It also directed the public authorities concerned to ensure that there is a proper regulation of meat shops and appropriate measures are taken with regard to hygiene and healthcare.
Previously, the NGT had directed that animal waste not be thrown into municipal drains or on streets/roads in Ghaziabad, Hapur and Meerut.
The directions came while hearing of a plea by environment activist Krishankant Singh Hoon, filed through advocate Rahul Choudhary, who had sought directions to shut unauthorised slaughterhouses in UP.
The petitioner had claimed that these slaughterhouses were disposing their wastes in violation of environmental laws.